Something very odd happened last night after I installed the latest versions of Windows Updates. I'm running a legit Win-7 Pro 32-Bit and had have had zero problems with it. After last night's Windows Update and re-start the computer wouldn't boot. I got the "Repair" option, but that didn't work. I tried getting into safe mode but couldn't. Then I got the USB stick with the original Windows ISO on it, and tried to do a repair from there. Still nothing. No matter what I kept getting the error message that the system couldn't start because a device driver was missing. Of course windows doesn't tell you which device driver is missing, just that the one it needs to start is missing. Fortunately I had made an Acronis Image on Sunday, so the only files I would be missing were just for a couple of days. Then I booted off a Linux Mint 16 dvd and could access the drive no problems, and all the files were there and could be read. I copied off the files that changed, Mail, bookmarks, and some downloads to a backup drive, and restored the image, then restored the files, and everything's back to normal. Here's what happened just prior to everything getting hosed, although I can't see how any of this would cause such major damage. Comcast eMail service went down for a couple of hours and I was going through a couple of monkey drills trying to get it working again. Reconfiguring Outlook, restoring files, that sort of stuff, and when I checked the forum I could see it wasn't just me, but it was a system outage of Comcast's eMail, so I just figured I'd wait it out. Sure enough it came back in an hour or so. I also had installed Easeus File Unerase program for a test drive to see how it compared to Recuva. It did a very nice job, and I un-installed it. Easeus makes pretty good software, and I've never encountered any problems with any of it, so I can't see how running it on a USB stick would hose up the boot drive, but ya never know. After I restored the image, and the changed files, Windows Update came up and said I had some updates. As far as I can remember these were the same ones that I installed last night that hosed up my system. Here's the updates: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=31707&stc=1 I'll do some research into each one of them, and image the system before I install them one by one, and report back which one, if any was the problem. If you haven't installed these updates, then it might be a good idea to make an image of your working drive before you do, to avoid the problems I had. . .